Grades 3-5

Dear Sun, Dear Moon

Dear Sun, Dear Moon With the “Great American Solar Eclipse” rapidly approaching (Aug. 21, 2017), teachers, parents, and grandparents are frantically searching for books on eclipses for their students/children. Deborah Paggi’s book is a cleverly written conversation between the Sun… Continue Reading →

Twisted True Tales from Science: Medical Mayhem

When I was in middle school I visited Colonial Williamsburg. I was especially impressed by the apothecary shop (comparable to today’s drug store). In one of the bottles was the colonial equivalent of today’s aspirin. It was HUGE!! I could… Continue Reading →

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

My favorite genre of books to read in elementary school was biographies (after The Boxcar Children, and before I discovered Nancy Drew!).  Any young child with the slightest interest in math and science will love Ada Byron Lovelace and the… Continue Reading →

Whizzy Science: Make It Zoom!

Whizzy Science:  Make It Zoom! When I look at children’s’ science trade books, I find lots and lots of them about animals and ecology, and precious few about forces and motion. Why? Animals are adorable, and kids love them! Forces… Continue Reading →

Park Scientists

Park Scientists   Some of my fondest childhood memories are camping with my family. My dad was from Idaho, and worked in the summers in college for the forestry service. He instilled in me my love of the outdoors and… Continue Reading →

The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children     I am mad! I just learned that my very favorite childhood book was one of a series, and no one ever told me about the rest of them!! In the 3rd or 4th grade (I… Continue Reading →

The Frog Scientist

The Frog Scientist It is such a nice rainy day to curl up with a good book! If you are in the 5th—7th grade range, one book I would recommend is The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner. I love… Continue Reading →

Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean

Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean   I began reading Gail Langer Karwoski’s book without any “pre-reading” with my granddaughters.  The six-year-old quickly made a discovery: Coral:  There are no fish in this book.  They all breathe air.  We discussed… Continue Reading →

Raindrops Roll

Raindrops Roll   In my opinion the mark of a good science trade book is whether it leads to the child wanting to know more, especially if it starts the journey into an inquiry activity.  Raindrops Roll by April Pulley… Continue Reading →

Weeds Find a Way

Weeds Find a Way   Seed dispersal, a mini field guide for weeds, and beautiful illustrations:  what’s not to love?  My older muse wanted to know what a weed was.  Weeds Find a Way by Cindy Jenson-Elliott provides not only… Continue Reading →